Ayesha is thrilled that her cousin, Ritu, is marrying her girlfriend, Chandni. Some, however, do not want to see them together. Can Ayesha find a way to help them celebrate?
Miller, Chanel. Know My Name. 2019. 368p. Viking, $28.00 (9780735223707). Gr. 9-up.
In a seering, lyrical memoir, Chanel Miller recounts her journey as an artist, a writer, and a rape survivor.
Russell-Brown, Katheryn. She was the First! The Trailblazing Life of Shirley Chisholm. Illus. by Eric Velasquez. 2019. 40p. Lee & Low, $19.95 (9781620143469). Gr. 2-6.
As the first black woman elected to Congress, Shirley Chisholm stood up for women, children, poor people, farmworkers, Native people, and others who were often pushed aside.
Lyon, Lea and A. LaFaye. Ready to Fly: How Sylvia Townsend Became the Bookmobile Ballerina. 2020. 40p. Harper, $18.99 (9780062888785). PreS-Gr. 2.
In the 1950s, Sylvia dreams of being a ballerina, but her parents cannot afford lessons. Using books from the bookmobile, she teaches herself to dance, and then teaches others, too.
Hopkinson, Deborah. Thanks to Frances Perkins: Fighter for Workers’ Rights. Illus. by Kristy Caldwell. 2020. 36p. Peachtree, $18.99 (9781682631362). Gr. 1-4.
The first woman appointed to the U.S. Cabinet, Frances Perkins spent her life advocating for workers, leading the establishment of social security, federal minimum wage, and child labor laws.
Cho, Nam Joo. Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982. Trans. by Jamie Chang. 2020. 162 p. Liveright, $20.00 (978-1631496707). Gr. 8-up.
Set in South Korea, Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 documents a young woman’s psychotic break following a lifetime of gender-based discrimination, exclusion, and violence.
Nyong’o, Lupita. Sulwe. Illus. by Vashti Harrison. 2019. 48p. Simon & Schuster, $17.99 (9781534425361). PreS-Gr. 3.
Dark-skinned Sulwe wants to be beautiful and bright, like her light-skinned sister. Guided by a shooting star, she discovers she is beautiful already, inside and out.
Arnold, Elana K. Red Hood. 2020. 368p. Harper Collins / Balzer + Bray, $18.99 (9780062742353). Gr. 8-up.
On the day she gets her period for the first time, sixteen-year-old Bisou runs into the woods and defends herself against an aggressive wolf.
Fawkes, Glynnis. Charlotte Brontë Before Jane Eyre. 2019. 112p. Disney/Hyperion, $17.00 (9781368023290). Gr. 4-8.
Smart, ambitious, impatient Charlotte Brontë suffers through unsatisfying work, many rejections, and family tragedy before she finds success as a novelist.
Hartl, Sonia. Have a Little Faith in Me. 2019. 336p. Page Street, $17.99 (9781624147975). Gr. 8-up.
CeCe’s boyfriend dumps her after they have sex for the first time. To win him back, CeCe follows him to a Christian summer camp.